Field & Stream “Hero for a Day” – March 29th

March 16, 2014

Wildflower Preserve

Field & Stream “Hero for a Day” Coming to Wildflower Preserve

on March 29, 2014

Lemon Bay Conservancy is excited to announce that Field & Stream magazine will have staff and two video crews onsite at Wildflower Preserve on Saturday, March 29th to see our volunteers at work on environmental research and restoration activities.

VolunteersWildflower is one of limited number of sites around the country selected as part of Field & Stream’s conservation “Hero for a Day” program for 2014. 

Volunteer projects on March 29th will include juvenile tarpon research in Lemon Creek, invasive plant removal, native plant seedling collection and planting, and replacement of wetland plants in the artificial floating islands (a water quality project).  Students and parents from L.A. Ainger Middle School will be at the preserve to participate in the volunteer projects and members of the community are invited to join us. 

While participation in the tarpon research on March 29th will be limited to experienced volunteers, new volunteers are invited to assist with all the other activities.  You’ll be helping restore the habitats at Wildflower and you may even end up in a video on the Field & Stream website!  In addition, Field & Stream will supply gift bags with items such as F&S and Toyota merchandise (while supplies last) to those participating. 

For interested volunteers, registration begins at 8:30 am at the Wildflower Preserve parking lot.  The parking area is located at 3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd, Englewood, FL 34224. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for “yard work”, and bring hats and gloves.  Anyone helping with “wet” activities around the ponds/creek should bring boots or water shoes.

The volunteer schedule for March 29th is: 

Start Time End Time  

Volunteer Activity

       

8:30

ongoing

  Volunteer Registration in Parking Lot Area
       

9:00

11:00

  Invasive Plant Removal & Trail Maintenance
        Brazilian Pepper cutting, trail maintenance, etc.
       

10:15

11:30

  Native Plant Seedling Collection
        collect small oaks and other seedlings
       

11:00

12:30

  Native Plant Planting
        plant cedars, firebush, etc. at select locations
        possibly also some wetland plantings
       

12:00

2:00

  Floating Islands – New Plantings
        plant new wetland plants in our artificial islands
        with the goal of improving water quality

 For additional details, call the LBC office at 941-830-8922.

Lemon Bay Conservancy

About Lemon Bay Conservancy

Founded in 1971, Lemon Bay Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust based in Englewood, Florida. Our long-range vision is: "To forever protect and preserve the natural features of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor, their surrounding waters and uplands, and vital fish and wildlife habitat, through property preservation, environmental education and advocacy for sustainable land and water conservation policies and practices." To support that long-range vision, we focus our mission in three areas: Saving Land; Environmental education; and Advocacy for sustainable environmental policies.

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